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The Comparison of Superficial and Deep Acupuncture on the Ashi-point of Elbow Pain Patients

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2012, 22(3), pp.193-203
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

이상민 1 Jongsoo Lee 2

1경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실
2경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

Objectives :The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of superficial acupuncture to deep acupuncture on finger extensor muscle function. Methods :We included 22 participants who met the inclusion criteria and assigned them into two groups after the randomization. We allocated 11 people in the superficial acupuncture treatment group and the deep acupuncture treatment group. We used 0.25 mm×40 cm needle made by stainless steel. In superficial acupuncture treatment group, 11 subjects had been treated by superficial acupuncture(2 mm) on finger extensor muscle. In deep acupuncture treatment group, 11 healthy subjects had been treated by deep acupuncture(10 mm). Each session took 15 minutes. Before and after the treatment, outcomes were assessed by algometer for muscle tenderness, VAS(visual analog scale) for bothersomeness and pain, dynamometer for grasping power and meridian-electromyograph(MEMG) for finger extensor muscles, heart rate variation(HRV). Results :There was a significant increase in the pressure pain threshold of the finger extensor muscle in the superficial acupuncture compare to deep acupuncture at before-after treatment comparison. There was a significant increase in the pressure pain threshold of the finger extensor muscle in the deep acupuncture compare to superficial acupuncture at end point comparison. There was a significant reduction in LF(low frequency power)/HF(high frequency power) ratio in the deep acupuncture group. There was a significant increase in Ln(natural logarithm) HF, LF/HF ratio in the deep acupuncture compare to superficial acupuncture at end point comparison. Conclusions :According to above results, superficial acupuncture tend to more effective on reducing pressure pain threshold and VAS for pain in immediate treatment. deep acupuncture tend to more effective on muscle function and power in long-term treatment.

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